D&R Greenway Land Trust
Spirit by William Vandever

Visit the Art Galleries

Marie L. Matthews Gallery
at the Johnson Education Center

This gallery has on exhibit works from a variety of media, inspired by the beauty of the natural world. Marie L. Matthews Gallery is located inside a circa 1900s restored barn that is also home to D&R Greenway Land Trust.

You may visit the galleries during weekdays from 10am to 5pm, except for holidays.
Please call 609.924.4646 ahead of time to ensure that art exhibitions are viewable in all rooms.

art opening

The video catalog of previous art shows can be found on our YouTube channel.
Click here to view archived past exhibits.

Top Introductory Photo - Spirit by William Vandever, Digital archival print

Current Exhibit:


On view November 16, 2015 through January 22, 2016

Opening reception: Friday, December 4, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Earth/Fire is a juried art exhibit hosted by D&R Greenway Land Trust that celebrates the themes of earth and/or fire. The inspirational elements of Earth and Fire are essential to land conservation and to our spiritual passion and grounding. The artists in this juried exhibition celebrate the playfulness of flame and the steadiness of soil in a wide variety of interpretations and mediums.


Heather Barros, Fire Earth Birds


Artists: Marina Ahun, Priscilla Algava, Jim Amon, Kathleen Amon, Rick Baker, Heather Barros, Laura Beard, Silvere Boureau, Gail Bracegirdle, Deb Brockway, Lisa Budd, Julie Cavallaro, Diane Tomash, Dallas Piotrowski, Connie Dierks, Joanne Donnelly, Lynn Ebeling, Beth Evans, Fred Gardner, Carl Geisler, Eugene Gladston, Richard Grant, Susan Hogan, Jeannine Honstein, Olivia Jupillat, Joy Kreves, Ronald LeMahieu, Elizabeth Levering, Ryan Lilienthal, Byron Lum, Thomas Marshall, Steven Martz, Catherine Martzloff, Helene Mazur, Tara McGowan, Lucretia E.McGuff-Silverman, William Metz, R.A.Mitchell, Paul Mordetsky, Rita Nannini, Tasha O'Neill, Dan Preston, Pat Proniewski, Janet Purcell, Margaret Rose, MJ Sagan, Carol McClure Sanzalone, Martin Schwartz, Sandra Shapiro, Aurelle P. Sprout, Nancy Toolan, Samuel Vovsi, Anne Zeman.

Coming Soon:


February 8 through March 8, 2016

This exhibit celebrates birds in flight, examines their migratory patterns, and emphasizes the importance of the native flora of New Jersey that provides nutrients to birds.



"Animal Architects"

March 18 through July 17, 2016

Using the animal architects’ ingenuity for building and constructing as reference, five artists are creating works for this exhibition. It is a departure point; not exact scientific replication of actual animals’ homes. Some of the same construction materials that animals use are combined with traditional art materials and technology in this exhibition.



"Climate Change"

June 27 through August 26, 2016

Artists examine climate change.


All exhibits are subject to change.


Marie L. Matthews
Marie L. Matthews

The Marie L. Matthews Gallery was named in honor of Marie L. Matthews, a noted Princeton artist. Marie Matthews lived a full life as an accomplished nature photographer, very active in philanthropic affairs. She raised a family and traveled widely. She graduated from the University of California-Berkeley and received a Masters Degree in Education from Goucher College. She served as a trustee of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Corner House Foundation, and Mothers 2 Mothers Program. The generous spirit of Marie lives on in the Marie L. Matthews Gallery.

Olivia Rainbow Gallery

Named by Leslie and Chris Kuenne of Princeton in memory of their daughter Olivia, a burgeoning artist who loved the outdoors, the gallery exhibits works of children and students from pre-school through high school ages. Throughout the year, changing exhibits mirror the theme of the art displayed in the Marie L. Matthews Gallery.

Current exhibit:

"Beech Tree from the Child's Perspective"
Roberta C. Scott Fine Art Photography


"Fall 2013 Beech Tree" by Roberta C. Scott

“Beech Tree from the Child’s Viewpoint” is the fruit of a three-year all-season project by fine art nature photographer Roberta C. Scott.  Her impassioned scenes feature intimate and celebratory views of D&R Greenway Land Trust’s iconic beech tree, presiding across from the entry of D&R Greenway Land Trust’s restored 1900 barn. Compelling views, realistic to abstract, macro to micro, may be seen in the Olivia Rainbow Gallery, intentionally evoking the attention and intensity that young children bring to the natural world.

The Jay Vawter Decoy Collection

Close to eighty artistic carved decoys were gifted by collector Jay Vawter of Princeton to D&R Greenway Land Trust in February 2012.  This gift seeks to inspire a conservation ethic by creating appreciation for the waterfowl and bird species on display. 

Jay Vawter

D&R Greenway’s work to preserve critical natural habitats – including marshes and wetlands, rivers and streams – was the impetus behind the gift.

An astute collector of high quality decoys, when Jay Vawter learned his children were not interested in inheriting his collection, he decided they would make a perfect charitable gift.  He selected D&R Greenway as the recipient because: “D&R Greenway preserves lands full of these birds.”

Many of the decoys in the Vawter Collection have won awards, such as a Merganser drake that won best in show at the Ward World Championships. Lem and Steve Ward, hunters and fisherman, weren’t trained artists but developed their ability to create lifelike birds by observing birds in the marshes and waterways.  In 1975, the Ward Museum opened in Salisbury, Maryland. Every decoy in the Vawter Collection was carved by an artist represented in the state-of-the-art Ward Museum.

Current exhibit:

Carver Ben Heinemann

Pintail decoy by Ben Heinemann (photo credit: Mary Allessio Leck)


Click here for directions to the Johnson Education Center
One Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540


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